I Don’t Get The American Obsession With The Royal Wedding

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I didn’t know who Meghan Markle was and had never heard the name until 4 days ago. I don’t watch the news and am very much out of the know when it comes to current events. I get my news from Twitter and SportsCenter.

However, you’d have to live under a rock to not have heard about the royal wedding between Prince Harry and former American actress Meghan Markle — that took place just a few hours ago, at the time I write this. It was a story, even I wasn’t able to avoid and the ceremony itself was televised. Given the ceremony was in Windsor, England at noon, their time, millions of Americans were tuning in at anywhere between 4–7 AM, depending on your time zone. Some setting alarms, to wake up early on a Saturday morning to watch Prince Harry and Meghan Markle get married — and for the life of me, I just can’t understand why.

Now don’t get me wrong, it makes sense why people in England would have an interest in it. I just never understood the American obsession with the royal family. It has zero effect on our lives. I don’t even want to go the weddings I’m invited to, of people I know and love, let alone watch strangers in another Country exchange vows on television. I can’t enjoy the benefits of the open bar from my couch.

I find it comical how this American obsession with the royal family literally starts and stops at them giving birth, getting married and dying. Outside of those three things, we don’t care about what else they’re up to — or what’s going on in England altogether, if we’re being honest.

Why is this? Outside of the little girl fantasy of wanting to become a Princess still living inside grown women, I just can’t wrap my mind around it. Where does this irrational obsession with the births, nuptials and deaths even come from? Every media outlet loves it because for nine months while members of the family are pregnant, as well as from the moment news of an engagement within it breaks until the day of the wedding, then in the days following one of their deaths — they can just bring up the royal family and start babbling on a slow news day and we as Americans gobble it up. Do we really have nothing else better to do with our time than watch strangers get married and tune into their funerals? I find it all a bit strange and voyeuristic. As well as childish to an extent. You’re not a Princess or Prince and you’re never going to be, your Father and Mother lied to you, get over it and grow up.

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